From the Office of the Press Secretary…

PGMA orders thorough probe on sinking of M/V Blue Water
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to conduct a thorough investigation on the sinking of a ferryboat bound for Masbate on Thursday, Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said today.

In a statement, Bunye, who is also the Presidential Spokesperson, said the President likewise directed the DOTC to issue strict warnings to all sea vessels to assure the safety of passengers and prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.

“She ordered the DOTC to issue a stern reminder to all sea vessels to heed weather forecasts and assure passenger safety and welfare at all times,” Bunye said.

Reports said at least 12 people died when the M/V Blue Water Princess carrying more than a hundred passengers encountered rough seas less than an hour after leaving Dalahican Port in Lucena City early Thursday morning.

Bunye said the President also expressed her deep sympathies to the families of those who died in the tragic incident.